Guyana Legalizes Industrial Hemp
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Guyana Legalizes Industrial Hemp

The measure permits farmers and manufacturers to apply for a license to grow hemp for the end use of food, textiles, furniture, medicines and cosmetics.

September 1, 2022

Lawmakers in the South American republic of Guyana passed the Industrial Hemp Act Aug. 8, which allows for the cultivation of hemp containing less than 0.3% THC in the country.

The measure permits farmers and manufacturers to apply for a license to grow hemp for the end use of food, textiles, furniture, medicines and cosmetics. Individuals can also apply for a research license, Harris Bricken reported.

To qualify for a hemp license in Guyana, an individual must be at least 18 years old, not have filed for or be in bankruptcy, and be of “sound mind,” according to Harris Bricken.

The country has not yet set an acreage limit for cultivation licenses; however, “the board may limit that in the future, and certain geographic areas across the country will be specifically designated for cultivation,” the outlet reported.

Guyana will also establish the Guyana Industrial Hemp Authority and its Governing Board of Authority to regulate and oversee the country’s hemp industry.